Complaints about having to pay £3 more for a Crufts entry and £26 annual fee for the on-line Judging Academy are to me a real signal that things are going along very nicely indeed.
I must say that I did not see it coming. Everyone knew the Kennel Club was working on changes to the judges’ situation. I and many others expected there would be a few new things and lots of tinkering around the edges. How wrong can one be?
I HOPE the KC and breeders in general don’t fool themselves into thinking that the relatively clear run at Crufts is a signal that we can continue on without as much opposition and scrutiny as in the past.
The number of visiting dogs this year at Crufts is a great step forward for the show. The foreign entry has been growing year-on-year which is as good as any signal that the show is doing things well.
Health and breed exaggerations are now clearly on the radar for both breeders and judges, yet when you read most critiques of those breeds affected there is a noticeable absence of any comments or remarks about such problems...
I HAVE been reading the financial pages in one of the papers today with all the predictions for 2017; what the pound will be worth, interest rates and inflation, top picks for the stock market and so it goes.
The year draws to a close and few could deny there have been strong steps forward in many areas.
The recent pictures on social media and in the press of Midlands County Show are a cause for us all to be very proud. I am referring of course to the Dialynne dynasty, all present to see their young Beagle win BIS.
I have just been watching the interview of Simon Luxmoore on the Dog World website. I would urge everyone to watch this clip and take in what Mr Luxmoore says.
It is interesting to read that there were complaints at Welsh Kennel Club about a visiting judge from Russia. This happened just hours after Simon Luxmoore spoke of the need to reform judges’ approval and training here in the UK...
Earlier this month I was invited to attend the Dog Show Promotion Working Party meeting to make suggestions regarding open shows. I know I have said this many times before but could you ever imagine such a thing from the old regime?
I was really pleased to see that Blackpool show awarded a best junior in every group. I have always felt that there is too much weight given to the top awards and very little left for the up and coming youngsters in each breed...
So here we are after the Kennel Club’s AGM, and the result is a slide back in time. Progress and improvement have been sent packing and we have returned the way it was done in the bad old days.
The whole premise of how we judge dogs is to find the virtues and not the faults. We look for the things we like and tolerate the faults. Yet when the debate comes to Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) judges the overwhelming priority...
I wonder what it feels like to have the joy of a Crufts BOB award debated on national TV? I also wonder what is feels like to have your role as a judge condemned and ridiculed on national TV?
The wonderful rise in numbers of foreign entries at Crufts this year is no sudden accident. This rise has been building year on year because of various factors but largely social media through the internet bringing us all together.
I MUST say I am in total agreement with Meg Pernell-Carpenter’s article in the Kennel Gazette.
It’s not often that I judge in the UK but I have recently judged at an open show and then the Ladies Kennel Association and at both shows the very same thing jumped out at me begging for change; placing the dogs in order from left to right in the...
I was away recently judging and a fellow judge from one of the Eastern countries spoke with me about judging in the UK. The mystery to him was why is it so difficult to judge in the UK?
Open Shows – what do we do? How do we save them from decline? This is a common thread in the columns and also among exhibitors. Last weekend I judged at an open show, which was well attended and well run.